Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES)

Preparing an Abstract for ACES

The Guidelines page is being updated. It will be available by Friday, March 13.


Because ACES celebrates student research and creativity, all potential presentations (both oral and poster) must reflect the author's first-hand investigative efforts. As such, a presentation that serves primarily as a summary of other scholar's research (i.e., a literature review) is not appropriate to this venue.


In preparing an ACES abstract, each student author should be certain to address the following:

• A clear statement of the central issue to be investigated
• A description of the results of the study, including reference to what was investigated (i.e., data, texts, etc.)
• An interpretation of the study's results
• A note as to the significance of the findings as they relate to your discipline

Unlike many academic conferences, which are quite often organized around a single discipline, ACES attracts an audience made up of individuals from a range of academic fields: students and judges come from all of UT Arlington's nine colleges and schools. Given this important fact, students participating in ACES should strive to write abstracts and presentations/posters that can effectively communicate to a general but well-educated audience. To this end, all work submitted to ACES should be (relatively) free of discipline-specific jargon.


All abstracts submitted for consideration will be reviewed by a faculty panel. Abstracts that are evaluated as "Requires Revision" will be returned to the author, who will be invited to revise and resubmit the work within a prescribed time period (to be determined by the Abstract Review Committee).

Please note:

  • Submission of an Abstract does not guarantee inclusion in ACES.
  • Please limit your Abstract to the space below and a maximum of 250 words. Excessive texts will be truncated.
  • References may be used in abstracts but this is optional.
  • STUDENTS MUST CONFIRM PERMISSION FROM FACULTY MEMBERS AS APPROPRIATE TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT AND PRESENT AT ACES.
  • All submissions are subject to subsequent editing.
  • The Abstract must be submitted by Friday, February 7, 2014 by 11:59 PM. When completing the Submission form, fields marked with a red asterisk are required and must be completed.
  • Students will be notified by email of acceptance to ACES by Thursday, February 27, 2014.
  • If you notice a problem with your information after your submission, please email aces@uta.edu for assistance.
  • If you elect to withdraw from ACES, please email aces@uta.edu for assistance.
  • The student listed in the Student Information section is the author of the work to be presented, if accepted, and will be the sole presenter in the assigned session at ACES.

For more tips on preparing an abstract, consult this ACES Abstracts: Guidelines for Students PowerPoint document.

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